McAuley Community Services for Women provides much needed services for women and their children who are escaping family violence, and for women who are homeless.

Following in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley – foundress of the Sisters of Mercy – we offer welcoming crisis and longer term accommodation, vital employment services, social and recreational support and children's services.

In 2015, we helped around 1,000 women and children to rebuild their lives, supporting them on their journey towards independence and safer futures. Currently, we are building Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and hub for women who are homeless in Pickett Street, Footscray. It is due to open in November 2016.


In the case of emergency please call POLICE 000. To access crisis accommodation call 1800 015 188

Pickett St house warming gift

Few people give $20,000 housewarming gift, but McAuley Community Services for Women has some very generous friends. We recently received a load of new linen and towels from Canberra-based construction company Nikias Diamond. The linen was intended for a hotel project but was not used.

The Catherine Circle

The Catherine Circle is a group of people who are passionate about supporting McAuley Community Services for Women and its works with women. The Catherine Circle will be launched on Thursday June 23. Please join us for this important event.

August newsletter out now

The August 2016 edition of our newsletter, Women Matter, is now out. It features stories about our work with women and in the community. Read about the Andrews Government confirmation that it will put $4 million into our new building at Pickett St, Footscray.